Put Tea On Your Windows And Watch What Happens

It was Park and Recs beloved character Andy Dwyer who quipped, "Windows are the eyes to the house." Okay, he didn't quite get the saying right, but we get him. Windows can tell you a lot about a home, but keeping your windows clean can be a challenge if you don't have an army of window cleaners at your disposal. Luckily, while they would certainly make the task quicker, you don't need them. RSVP Live shared a window cleaning hack that caused a social media thunderclap because it was so awesome. It comes from a mom who is part of an English cleaning pro and influencer's Facebook group called Mrs. Hinch's Cleaning Tips.

Leave it to the English, because this hack gives a whole new perspective to the concept of tea time while leaving your windows spick and span clean. Per House Beautiful, Tuesday Veal is the now infamous Facebook community user who shared the unique hack, writing: "I used one Yorkshire tea bag in a mug of boiling water and then left it to cool down. Then, I dipped a corner of kitchen roll into the tea and wiped it over the microwave." The woman went on to say she then cleaned her mirrors and glass table using this method, resulting in streak-free clean surfaces. So how does it work?

How to make your DIY tea bag glass cleaner

This may be one of the easiest and most economical do-it-yourself glass cleaners you ever make. All you need is 8 ounces of boiling water, with filter water being the preference, four tea bags of the black tea variety, and a spray bottle. First step is to boil your water and then add your four tea bags and let it steep for between 10 and 15 minutes. The longer the better, so aim for 15. 

Then take out the tea bags and toss them in the trash. Let the tea cool for a couple of hours and then pour it into your spray bottle. You are ready to clean your windows, mirrors, and whatever other glass and shiny surfaces you have in your home. This cleaner is good for about a week, but it's only 8 ounces so chances are you will use it up pretty quickly. You can also store it in the refrigerator to give it a longer shelf life, but remember to bring it to room temperature before you start cleaning (via Chemistry Cachet). This hack is definitely worth trying if you want gleaming, streak-free windows and household surfaces.